I am a big fan of locally sourced, handmade products not to mention being able to fly the made in Melbourne flag. With so many wonderful artists, designers and makers in Melbourne and as more pop-up shops flaunt local produce; it’s clear we’re going to see more hand crafted, delightful investments to come.
When I found L’call exactly two years ago, I was immediately in awe and I just had to go back for more. Lollie and Mary Cruz are the mother-daughter duo behind the local brand. Together, they develop completely unique designs of bags, purses and accessories using sustainable kangaroo leather and fabrics.
Handcrafted by Lollie and co-designed by Mary, Lollie’s sisters’ personalities and family closeness influenced the materials, shapes and colours used in each of the pieces. Other than being wonderfully designed, locally made products, the fact each piece captures the unique personalities of people is the main reason behind the brands success. The vivid use of colour, and the one-of-a-kind seal of approval make each piece not only a work of art but also a personal, cherished heirloom. L’call’s backs this up with their made to order policy.
If like me, you find your first piece in one of L’call’s stock listed stores or online, your next will be inspired by the first, but made just for you. Chatting with Mary over email, she was quick to decipher my personality and based on my previous purchase, knew what I needed. I’d reached out in the hope of finding a practical but multifunctional bag for my laptop and having seen the idea on L’call’s Instagram, I contacted Mary. What I got in return was even better than what I’d hoped for.
Here is a link to my lovely purchase on the L’call Facebook page. The detailing on the interior is not only extremely cool, but is also a great protector for my laptop. The detailing is so fine tuned, even the protector bag my order came in (see lovely canvas bag with special orange L’call leather pocket in this shot) is useful, delightful and fun.
L’call have a selective stocklist around town and are contactable through their website and social media accounts for make-to-order items. This budding business is so easy to work with, and they produce life long, beautiful items. But I’ll let the products speak for themselves. Here are just some of the many photos I’ve taken with my fabulous L’call items. I’ve got my eyes set on many more purchases in the future.
Here is where you can contact/buy/drool over L’call.